Literature and History: A Post-colonial Critique of Derek Walcott’s "TI-JEAN AND HIS BROTHERS"


  • Karen Sewuese Dogoh Department of English and Modern Languages, Federal University of Lafia, Nigeria.
  • Joshua Terrumun Akaahe Department of English, Benue State University, Nigeria.


Post-colonialism, History, Culture, Caribbean and Transplantation


Human existence generally is believed to be linked by a multiplicity of related but differing phenomena. Some of these phenomena that have a direct bearing on man’s existence include language, literature, and customs. Man’s history is couched in them. Without their interface, man’s life is said to lack meaning and purpose. Writers from regions referred to as the Third World who for a long period of time suffered the loss of these have always sought for various aesthetic means by which they could capture the complexities of their societies given their long histories of cultural, economic, and political subjugation by European colonizing forces. This paper is an attempt at doing an exegetical exposition of how Derek Walcott, using the post-colonial dramatic genre, has not only captured the history of his St. Lucian community but has rewritten their history in the process.


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